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Canada's Peterman ousted from junior curling worlds

Canadian Jocelyn Peterman will not have a chance to bring home a medal from the world junior curling championships. The Red Deer, Alta., skip was eliminated from the tournament after an 11-10 loss to Russia in Friday's tiebreaker.
Skip Jocelyn Peterman, shown here competing in the 2011 Canada Winter Games, was eliminated from the world junior curling championships on Friday.

There will be no world junior women's curling medal for Canada's Jocelyn Peterman.

The Red Deer, Alta., skip was eliminated from the tournament after an 11-10 loss to Russian Anna Sidorova in Friday's tiebreaker. A win would have sent the Canadian rink into a Page playoff game and an opportunity to advance to the semifinal.

"That's not the outcome we wanted," Peterman said. "I struggled for the first few ends, but she [Sidorova] made some really nice shots for her team."

Peterman opened the contest scoring one in the first with the hammer, but fell behind 4-1 following the second. Canada responded with two in the third, but Sidorova countered with three in the fourth and a steal of one in the fifth for an 8-3 advantage.

Peterman's rink pulled to within 8-6 with one in the sixth and two more in the seventh, but the Russians scored three in the eighth for an 11-6 advantage.

The Canadians mounted another comeback, scoring three in the ninth to pull to within 11-9 but could only add one in the 10th to fall just short.

Peterman said the second end was an important one in the game.

"We were in control for that whole end, she just played a really nice shot," she said. "We were chasing it a little bit from then on.

"We came back with our deuce and we didn't feel too bad about  that. We've played a lot of games where we've come from down a lot so we knew we could at least make it a little closer."

Russia will face Sweden — 6-4 tiebreak winners over Japan — in the playoff later Friday.

Peterman finished the round robin in a five-way tie for second with a 6-3 record. The Czech Republic had the best head-to-head record and advanced directly to the Page playoff against first-place Scotland.

"We're a little disappointed with the way we played this week," Peterman said. "We didn't bring our 'A' game to all the games, so we know that if we did, we could have done a lot better, so that kind of sucks.

"But overall, reflecting on the whole season, we think we did all right."

Peterman said her team will take some time off when it gets home, then begin preparing for a possible return to the world tournament.  

"It has been a really good experience and we've made a lot of new friends," she said. "We're one of the youngest teams here and we all have two more years.

"So we're going to take a couple of weeks off and then get back to practising so hopefully we can do it again next year."

On the men's side, Canadian skip Brendan Bottcher will enjoy a day off before meeting Sweden in the one-versus-two Page playoff game Saturday.

Bottcher finished first in the men's standings with an 8-1 record.

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